Ear & Body Piercing/Tragus infection


Hi, I have a question about my tragus piercing. I got it pierced around 3 monts ago and it's not healing. I soak it in saline solution everyday but often it starst swelling, a bubble forms around it and it starts bleeding. After a few days or a week it goes away but then happens again a few days later. Unfortunately I can't go to the salon where I got it pierced (side note: i live in a small country, small town and I believe people here aren't aware of new technologies, I'm sure my piercing was done right, but the piercer told me to clean it with hydrogen peroxyde which I know is bad, so all the information I have is from the internet and it might not be 100% correct) I have streched ears and had an infection once and it healed pretty quickly but I guess cartilage heals differently. The jewelry i have is made from titanium. I'm scared it'll never heal or will start migrating and I'll have to take it out. What can I do to make it start healing?

Hi Rita,
It seems that you may benefit from more protective care. Check my studio aftercare suggestions for details at

Pay special attention to keeping the area dry, and avoiding contact with moisturizer and hair products.

See your healthcare provider if it does not rapidly recover.

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I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

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APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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